by Stephen Lendman
For years, Netanyahu, other Israeli hardliners, and US Iranophobes falsely accused the Islamic Republic of wanting to destroy Israel.
Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was often misquoted. He never said Iran wanted to wipe Israel off the face of the map.
He once said “(t)he Zionist regime will be wiped out soon, the same way the Soviet Union was, and humanity will achieve freedom.” He referred to Israel self-destructing, not “wiped out” by Iran or any other country.
Yet US and Israeli officials, along with supportive media, falsely misquote him and other Iranian officials.
In 2007 at Columbia University, Ahmadinejad was asked “(d)o you or your government seek the destruction of the state of Israel as a Jewish state?”
He responded saying “(w)e love all nations. We are friends with the Jewish people. There are many Jews in Iran, leaving peacefully, with security.” He said nothing about wanting to destroy Israel.
Iran is hostile to Zionist zealots wanting its country destroyed, saying time and again it’ll defend itself forcefully if attacked. The right of self-defense is inviolable.
AIPAC repeatedly and unjustifiably calls Iran “the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism” - the dubious distinction applying to America and its Israeli junior partner most of all.
AIPAC: “The United States must confront Tehran’s aggression, take firm action to support regional allies, and fix the flaws of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal to ensure that Iran can never obtain nuclear weapons” it abhors and wants eliminated to save humanity from the threat of annihilation.
On Tuesday, Netanyahu repeated the long ago discredited canard about Iran wanting to wipe out Israel. It’s the other way around, the Jewish state wanting the Islamic Republic eliminated.
Netanyahu sounded like raging hawk Nikki Haley, roaring Tehran “has a terror network that is spread throughout the world. It is now seeking to implant very dangerous weapons in Syria to be used against Israel for the specific purpose of our destruction,” adding:
“Iran openly calls daily for our destruction, the elimination of Israel from the face of the earth, and it practices unmitigated aggression against us and against anyone else in the region.”
It’s hard believing anyone takes him seriously, other than recognizing he’s a dangerous rogue actor at war on Palestinians and Syria - nuclear armed and dangerous unlike Iran and other regional countries.
Netanyahu’s remarks came hours ahead of Trump announcing he’s withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal - a gift to Israel and neocons infesting Washington, a threat to regional and world peace.
If Iran resumes its pre-JCPOA nuclear activities as expected, Washington, Israel and their rogue allies would likely use its resumption to escalate hostile actions against the country - risking war potentially able to become a global conflict.
Netanyahu said he’s prepared for “any scenario, even a (military) confrontation” - Trump administration hardliners likely sharing the same view.
Iran’s Islamic Republican Guard Corps chief of staff General Mohammad Hejazi said the IRGC would respond to any Israeli (or US) aggression “at an appropriate time” in an appropriate way.
Unthinkable war with Iran could happen because of US/Israeli rage for regime change in Iran.
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